Daniel "Danny" Smith is an executive producer, writer and voice actor on Family Guy. He has been with the show since its inception and throughout the years has contributed many episodes, such as "Holy Crap", "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", "Chitty Chitty Death Bang" and the Christmas themed episodes entitled "Road to the North Pole" and "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas". He is the only Family Guy writer who hails from Rhode Island, hailing from the town of Smithfield, although Seth MacFarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design and was instrumental in the creation of the Griffins’ fictional home town of Quahog.
Smith is a 1981 graduate of Rhode Island College, where he wrote and illustrated a regular feature for the school's newspaper, The Anchor. The comic, Joe Flynn and His Dog Spot, featured a man and his best friend, a talking dog. Smith was the undergraduate commencement speaker at RIC in 2012, receiving an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.
He also authored the Family Guy book Peter Griffin's Guide to The Holidays.
Smith also has writing credits on several television sitcoms such as 3rd Rock From the Sun, Yes, Dear, Nurses, and Head of the Class.
Smith is a former performer in the Groundlings comedy group in Los Angeles.
It has been noted on various commentaries that Smith often voices and pitches gags involving animals. Examples include Ernie The Giant Chicken, Evil Monkey, Moby Dick, the Moose on the Interstate, the Stubborn Mule, and the Sado-Masochistic Cow.
Smith, along with artist Joe Vaux, appear on the Volume 7 DVD extra entitled, Family Guy Cribz, as hosts and tour guides through the Family Guy offices.
He is the only Family Guy writer to have written at least one episode every season.
- Season 1:
- Season 2:
- Season 3:
- Season 4:
- Season 5:
- Season 6:
- Season 7:
- Season 8:
- "Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show" (with various writers)
- "Partial Terms of Endearment"
- Season 10:
- Season 11: